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Portrait of Napoleon III

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Description Yvon served as the principal battle-painter of France's Second Empire (1852-70), executing a number of monumental canvases for the palace at Versailles. He became an officer of the Légion d'honneur in 1867, and the next year painted Napoleon III's portrait. He was also a leading teacher of the école des Beaux-Arts from 1863-83. The French emperor is shown in his prime, two years before the defeat of his forces in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871).
Date Description Narrative
2/15/1938Treatmentcleaned; coated
7/02/1959Treatmentmounted; coated
4/18/1974Examinationexamined for condition
8/26/1974Treatmentloss compensation; coated; other
4/20/1979Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/01/1982Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Nineteenth Century French Salon Paintings from Southern Collections. High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1983.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance S. P. Avery [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1876, by purchase [according to inscription by Henry Walters in 1884 catalogue]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] At right just above the epaulet: AD. YVON; [Date] At right just above the epaulet: 1868; [Number] Painted in the spandrels: 96; [Number] On frame on old paper sticker: 761
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1876

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oil on canvas
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H: 21 15/16 x W: 18 3/8 in. (55.7 x 46.7 cm); Framed H: 31 x W: 27 5/8 in. (78.74 x 70.17 cm)
Location Within Museum
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